– Richmond, Canterbury, New Zealand

I was sitting waiting to see a client at CBS ARENA last week around 20th September. I took the liberty whilst waiting— of checking through my text messages

As I read through them— I came across those from the 22ND FEB and noted the messages of concern from my family friends and workmates and those from overseas and the timeline of them all

At the time— I was in the Central city and was deeply concerned about the welfare of my wife and daughter and with comms down— left in search of her as she worked in Merivale

As I scrolled down I found the one that bought tears to my eyes

THIS IS AWFUL AM HOME AND ITS BEEN SMASHED 2.19PM JULIA

My wife was alive and as I made my way home to Richmond— I realised the enormity of the situation— Bricks and mortar is one thing— Human life is another

I will forever keep all the text messages on the fateful day as part of the healing process realising but by the grace of God go we—- knowing full well that many families on that day didnt receive the text I did

My eyes again filled with tears and I quickly wiped them clear as my client walked towards me

7 Months on it remains indelibly etched in my mind

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